Nov. 16, 2016
Arkansas State notes
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's basketball team will look to bounce back after its first loss of the season when the team hosts Arkansas State on Thursday, Nov. 17 at McDonough Arena.
The game will be shown live on FS1, with Brandon Gaudin calling the play-by- play and former Georgetown great Ron Thompson serving as the color analyst. Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.
The Hoyas are coming off a heartbreaking 76-75 loss to Maryland on Tuesday night at Verizon Center, falling to 1-1 this season. Junior guard L.J. Peak (Gaffney, S.C./Gaffney) scored 21 points to lead the Hoyas against Maryland, while graduate transfer Rodney Pryor (Evanston, Ill./Notre Dame Prep/Robert Morris) added 14 points and six rebounds. Sophomore center Jessie Govan (Queens Village, N.Y./Wings Academy) had 12 points and three rebounds while junior forward Isaac Copeland (Raleigh, N.C./Ravenscroft/Brewster Academy [N.H.]) recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Pryor made an impressive debut in his first game as a Hoya last Saturday, scoring 26 points in the first half and finishing with 32 in a 105-60 win over USC Upstate. Pryor, who was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week on Monday, hit six 3-pointers in the win. His game-high 32 points were the most in a debut game under John Thompson III and he is the ninth player to score at least 30 points and it was the 16th 30-plus point game under Thompson. Pryor's 32 points were also the most in a debut game for a Georgetown player since Brian Sheehan scored 30 points on Dec. 4, 1958 against Kentucky Wesleyan.
Pryor led five players in double figures, as Peak added 14 points, four assists and three rebounds, Govan had 11 points and six rebounds, junior guard Tre Campbell (Washington, D.C./St. John's College HS) chipped in 10 points and three assists and Copeland added 10 points.
Through two games, Pryor leads the team in scoring with 23.0 points per game. He is one of four players averaging in double figures, joined by Peak, who is second on the team, averaging 17.5 points. Govan is third on the team with 11.5 points and second with 4.5 rebounds, while Copeland is fourth on the team with 11.5 points and leads the team with 8.0 rebounds. Freshman guard Jagan Mosely (Marlboro, N.J./St. Anthony) is averaging 4.5 points and a team-best 4.0 assists.
Arkansas State enters Thursday night's game with a 1-1 record following a 100-57 win over Central Baptist on Monday night. The Red Wolves opened the season on Nov. 11 with a 76-66 loss at North Dakota State. This is the first of a three-game road trip for Arkansas State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Junior Rashad Lindsey is one of four players scoring in double figures for the Red Wolves, averaging 11.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Sophomore Connor Kern is second on the team with 11.0 points, Senior Devin Carter is averaging 10.5 points and senior Donte Thomas is averaging 10.0 points, a team-best 6.5 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game.
This is the first-ever meeting between the schools. The Hoyas have a 3-1 record against schools from the Sun Belt, with a win over Appalachian State and two wins over Georgia State. The lone loss came in 1981 against Louisiana Lafayette.
The game against Arkansas State will be the first at McDonough Arena for Georgetown since the Hoyas beat West Virginia, 77-65, in the first round of the 2014 National Invitation Tournament. The last time Georgetown played a regular season game at McDonough Arena was in 2009, when the team lost to Old Dominion, 61-57.